Understanding and addressing water and sanitation needs outside the factory gates

This leadership perspective by Fiona Sadler and Jo Daniels, Marks & Spencer, forms part of a series on the theme of creating business value and development impact in the WASH sector. The series and accompanying Discussion Paper are co-produced by WSUP and Business Fights Poverty. Supporting suppliers with initiatives and programmes that improve their operations beyond auditing is important to […]


Engaging employees to deliver on water and other sustainability goals

This leadership perspective by Michael Alexander, Diageo, forms part of a series on the theme of creating business value and development impact in the WASH sector. The series and accompanying Discussion Paper are co-produced by WSUP and Business Fights Poverty. In 2008, Diageo announced a slate of sustainability targets that cut across carbon emissions, energy use, waste and water. We have […]


Turning citizens into sensors: using mobile apps and ‘big data’ to combat water losses in South Africa

This leadership perspective by Michael Sullivan, IBM, forms part of a series on the theme of creating business value and development impact in the WASH sector. The series and accompanying Discussion Paper are co-produced by WSUP and Business Fights Poverty. As social technology becomes more prevalent, governments are looking for ways to be far more interactive with their constituents, and leveraging […]


Water funds partnership: investing directly in water resource management

This leadership perspective by Greg Koch, The Coca-Cola Company, forms part of a series on the theme of creating business value and development impact in the WASH sector. The series and accompanying Discussion Paper are co-produced by WSUP and Business Fights Poverty. Water is central to The Coca-Cola Company’s business. Of course, water is the principal ingredient of most […]


Beyond CSR: developing sustainable business solutions for sanitation in India

This leadership perspective by Jean-Laurent Ingles, Unilever, forms part of a series on the theme of creating business value and development impact in the WASH sector. The series and accompanying Discussion Paper are co-produced by WSUP and Business Fights Poverty. As one of the world’s fastest growing emerging economies, India presents a significant opportunity for future growth for companies. […]


Creating business value and development impact in the WASH sector

Next week we’ll be running a series of leadership perspectives on the theme of ‘creating business value and development impact in the WASH sector’ in collaboration with Business Fights Poverty. What do we mean by this concept, and why do we think it’s important? For a number of years the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility […]


Improving urban sanitation requires big investment by municipal as well as national government: but in most African cities, sanitation receives less than 1% of the total municipal budget. This Practice Note reports ongoing research around how to encourage greater municipal investment in sanitation, in cities in Kenya, Ghana and Mozambique.

The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation broadens reach of Replenish Africa initiative

WSUP is delighted to have been announced as one of the key strategic partners of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation in supporting the Replenish Africa Initiative, which will see our work continue in Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique. Read the news release below to learn more. Coca-Cola Extends Investment to US$65 Million in Safe Water Access Programs Benefitting […]


Public Finance for WASH launched

Universal water and sanitation coverage will require governments to invest more money, and to invest it more effectively. But how can this be achieved? Launching today, the Public Finance for WASH website has some of the answers: www.publicfinanceforwash.com Public Finance for WASH is a collaborative advocacy and research initiative of WSUP, IRC and Trémolet Consulting. The […]


What is this guide?

The guide provides an introduction to urban WASH programming: how to design and implement a pro-poor urban water, sanitation and hygiene programme. The recommendations are drawn primarily from WSUP’s extensive experience in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere.

Who is this guide for?

This guide is primarily designed for WASH professionals working in governments, development agencies, funding agencies or civil society organisations. It will also be useful for professionals working for service providers including water utilities, local authorities and in the private sector.